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Media Release 14 August 2018

Bis announces appointment of new Chairman, Graeme Hunt

Leading resources logistics provider Bis welcomes the appointment of Graeme Hunt to the role of Chairman.  Graeme replaces Charlie Lenegan, who is retiring after five years in the role.
Mr Hunt brings a wealth of experience to Bis gained from senior leadership and governance roles across the resources, industrial services and power sectors.  This has included roles as Managing Director of Broadspectrum and Lihir Gold.  He is the current Chairman of power utility AGL Energy and was a senior executive within BHP during a career spanning 30 years, culminating in roles which included President Iron Ore, President Aluminium and President Uranium.
Private equity partners The Carlyle Group and Värde Partners took a majority share in Bis in December 2017, following a recapitalisation process which provided Bis with a reinvigorated balance sheet.  
Commenting on his appointment, Graeme Hunt said “I am delighted to join Bis, a company that I deeply respect and have been a customer of many times throughout my career. I look forward to working with the leadership team and the Board to continue to deliver for customers and create an exciting future for both the workforce and stakeholders.”
Bis Non-Executive Director and Carlyle executive Ian Jackson said he was very pleased to welcome Mr Hunt to the Board.
“Graeme brings a wealth of mining experience and we look forward to working with him and CEO Brad Rogers over the coming years.”
Senior Managing Director at Värde Partners Haseeb Malik also remarked that Mr Hunt would be an asset to the Board.
“With more than 30 years of experience in mining and a deep set of relationships across the industry, Graeme will be a great addition to our Board. His partnership with CEO Brad Rogers will drive and further energize the current Bis growth strategy.”
Non-Executive Director, John Beevers, has also retired after five years on Bis’ Board of Directors.
Commenting on the retirement of Mr Lenegan and Mr Beevers, Bis’ CEO and Managing Director Brad Rogers praised the contributions made by Mr Lenegan and Mr Beevers throughout their respective terms on the Board.
“I would like to recognise and thank both Charlie and John for their considerable effort and commitment during a transformative period for our company.  Their stewardship significantly contributed to positioning our Company for an exciting future.”
Ian Jackson also recognised the contributions of Mr Lenegan and Mr Beevers.
“We would also like to thank Charlie and John for their extraordinary contributions to the development of Bis over the past few years. They leave Bis in very good shape having positioned the company for future growth.”
Providing further comment on the retiring Board members, Haseeb Malik commented, “Charlie and John have worked hard to position Bis for its next phase of growth. We would all like to thank them for their efforts.”
While the Board is considering the appointment of another Non-Executive Director, long serving Chief Financial Officer Steve Simpson has been appointed as interim Executive Director.